The Team

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Maryline Suchley

Owner and Advocate

I have a passion for helping people that have been bullied and want victims to be able to get justice and recompense for what they have gone through. I understand that when you have reached that point where you need outside help you have already gone through an incredible journey of self doubt, anxiety, physiological and emotional damage and feelings of despair. At CultureSafe Christchurch we believe you and will support the whole you. We have a team that will assist you with the next stage of your journey. As your advocate I will support you through any disciplinary hearings or meetings, the personal grievance process, mediation and with the Employment Relations Authority. CultureSafe Christchurch also has the support of CultureSafe NZ with Allan Halse as one of New Zealand's most successful anti bullying advocates. Your team also consists of our writer Karen Nicholas, who understands bullying and how to effectively communicate your experience and desired outcomes. We also have Vicki Lee Ann Turner an experienced counsellor who is available to help with the damaging psychological effects that bullying causes. What makes CultureSafe Christchurch unique from other advocacy agencies is that we truly understand bullying and its effects and are committed to helping you move on.

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Karen Nicholas


Prior to training as a primary teacher I worked in publishing, where my role involved writing, editing and proofreading. I have also undertaken volunteer work supporting refugees settling in the UK and teaching English as a volunteer overseas. Most recently, I volunteered in Kolkata at a children's home for children with physical disabilities. As a primary teacher I have taught at various schools, both in the UK and New Zealand. Whilst working in the education sector, I have experienced workplace bullying myself and have also supported a number of colleagues who have been bullied. I understand the detrimental effects that bullying has on a person's mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Everyone has the right to be treated in the workplace with respect and dignity. CultureSafe Christchurch are here to offer support and to enable your voice to be heard.

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Vicki Lee Anne Turner


Vicki has been providing counselling for 20 years to a number of different clients and is able to offer various counselling options. She is a qualified mental health specialist and a member of the NZ Association of Counsellors. She is trained in the person centered modality of counselling. These modalities support  issues relating to PTSD, anxiety, grief and trauma which are often a consequence of the effects of bullying. Vicki understands the effects that bullying has on the individual person as well as how it can also impact family members who are supporting people being bullied. Vicki can also offer equine assisted psychotherapy (Eagala). She can meet  you for a free introduction/contracting session and discuss a treatment guide if you feel that you need that extra support.


CultureSafe Christchurch

Discover Our Expertise

CultureSafe Christchurch exists to solve the critical issues facing our clients who have experienced workplace bullying. Our unique approach is not only what differentiates us from other advocacy agencies but also it's what makes us successful. Why we do what we do is what makes us extraordinary.



At CultureSafe Christchurch we offer a free consultation in order to understand your situation and offer the best practical help. Our goal is to help you while you are employed to resolve the situation, or if you have decided to leave make the best exit possible. If you have been dismissed or have resigned as a result of bullying then we will try to get the best possible outcome.

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What CultureSafe offers

Use The Best

CultureSafe NZ is know as one of New Zealand's leading advocates for people who have been subjected to workplace bullying. Director Allan Halse is an expert in the field with many successful wins at the Employment Relations Authority for cases involving workplace bullying. Allan is a leader for change with respect to workplace bullying and actively engages with politicians and higher authorities for the rights of people affected by workplace bullying. Allan's reputation as a successful advocate is well known in the industry.

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We understand that when you have been bullied you need to close the door on the toxic effects of the bullying, so you can open a new door and progress with your life. To do this you need to find some kind of justice, validation and financial help.

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